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But most entertaining are the hundreds of rambunctious, good-humoured kids who flock to the park on days off from school, taking their pololas (girlfriends) for a day out, or hanging out with their friends, playing music as loud as they can from mobile phones that double as boom boxes. Fantasilandia opened in 1978 with just eight rides.


Today, the park boasts 41. According to Arteaga, the most popular attractions are the suspended rollercoaster Raptor and all the water rides. “People love coasters and like water rides so much,” he says. The Raptor was built by Vekoma in 2008. Water rides include Tsunami, a 2007 Intamin Shoot-the- Chutes, a Rapid River ride built by a local company in 2003 and equipped with rafts by Zebec, and Black Hole, another locally-built ride. In addition to The Raptor, there are four other rollercoasters in the park. These include a 1996 Vekoma Boomerang, a 1978 Galaxy by SDC, a powered Zamperla Dragon coaster and a Zamperla Wild Mouse, which was the first to be installed in South America when it opened in 2006.


Italian rides feature heavily throughout the park. Other highlights include Xtreme Fall, a Fabbri drop tower; a Zamperla Disk ‘O’; Piratas del Caribe, a themed dark ride, and a walk-through Haunted House walk-through. There’s a Huss Top Spin; Zierer Wave Swinger; Fabbri Evolution, Kami Kaze and Crazy Dance; an SDC Tagada and Barco Pirata (Pirate Ship),


The park’s Vekoma Boomerang


Vendors


sell completos (a variation on a hot dog) or mote con huesilllo (the national drink),


alongside rides blaring out reggaeton and cumbia rhythms. It’s a Luna Park with a Latin American twist!





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